Power is the opiate of many. Give a man a little power and the addiction gains a toe hold. With every success--every new achievement--the need and desire for more grows. It soon becomes necessary to obtain more and more power and the means for gaining this power begins to slip over into the gray areas. With the burning need for more control and greater power, the gray can easily slip into the black. With the blink of an eye, we can become so addicted to power, we loose sight of what is right. The thing about power--as quickly as a lightning strike can blow a transformer--it can be gone-snatched from our grip by one hungrier for the same.
One of the most addicting obsessions is the acquisition of stuff. We need-want-desire more and more stuff. Bigger cars--more expensive cars; bigger houses--multiple houses; more clothes--designer clothes; boats, planes, trips, vacation homes--and the list goes on and on. We live in an age of consumer addiction. The availability of credit lines and credit cards have given us the green light to acquire all we think we need and much of what our neighbor has. We crave to have the biggest, the best, and the most of it all. Go out and buy a new house today and before tomorrow's buyer's remorse can settle in we are off to the next thing we NEED---just have to have. We are never satisfied and it is never enough and in the end we are left holding the debt bag and nothing of importance.
Where in the world am I going? The things of this world are all temporary and will stay in this world when we are gone. They have no eternal consequence--here today--gone tomorrow. The fruits of our sinful nature are temporal at best. Even if you never loose that power and all that stuff--you cannot take it with you---check out the next hearse when it drives by. There are no U Hauls trailing behind them. We all look the same when lying in a coffin--there are no powerful corpse.
David--in those twelve short verses---learned the gut wrenching hard way--the fruits of his sin were quickly gone. The son born from his affair with another man's wife was taken. God's judgment rained down and what David had conceived in sin was taken from him.
As I thought through this, I realized all of our sin only produces temporal fruits. At best you will claim the fruits of your sin until your death. The Word is very clear--we should fear God. When I think of standing before a Holy God and trying to explain a lifetime sin habit, I want to run and hide. Twelve short verses packed with eternal truths--what a blessing!
David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves
and he realized the child was dead.
"Is the child dead? " he asked.
"Yes," they replied, "he is dead."
2 Samuel 12:19